Lucca invaded by paper sculptures for the 10th edition of Cartasia, a biennial dedicated to paper art

Until September 26, 2021 Lucca hosts the tenth edition of Cartasia, an international biennial dedicated to paper art. Monumental statues in the city and a large indoor exhibition with more than one hundred artists from around the world.

Until Sept. 26, 2021 Lucca is hosting the tenth edition of Lucca Biennale Cartasia, an international event dedicated to paper art. Eight monumental statues have been placed in the city’s most evocative corners, while more than 100 works are on display in the indoor exhibition attended by artists from all over the world. In recent years, the biennial has become a reference point for those who have made paper and cardboard their means of artistic and creative expression, establishing itself as the world’s largest event dedicated to paper understood as a tool for art, design, architecture and creativity.

Among the outdoor locations where the monumental statues have been placed are Palazzo Pretorio, Porta dei Borghi and the squares Napoleon, Cittadella, San Frediano, San Francesco, Guidiccioni, and Santa Maria. As was the case with the Carmine Market, Lucca Biennale Cartasia reopens the doors of a place in the city that has been closed for about ten years, namely the Ducal Stables in the San Romano complex, which until a few years ago housed the Comic Book Museum. Here, thanks to the availability of the City of Lucca, the indoor exhibition has been set up on more than two thousand square meters, hosting more than one hundred works by one hundred artists who have come from all over the world.

The theme linking the outdoor and indoor exhibition is"Fear and Desire," a pair on which artists, performers, designers and architects have been invited to reflect in order to talk about art and society through their works. The exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to discover the contemporary paper art scene.

To celebrate the 10th edition of the event, which began in 2004 as an annual event and then became biennial in 2009, the organization is offering a special itinerary that reconstructs the history of LuBiCa. The exhibition is housed in Piazza San Frediano and the former Comic Book Museum and recounts eighteen years of activity through works and photographs. Until the end of Cartasia, there will be evocative artistic performances, focus on fashion, with the exhibition of jewelry, accessories and clothes made of paper and cardboard, workshops dedicated to children and adults; there will also be the appointment with the Ned-Network days, the meetings designed to allow fans and professionals in the sector to meet and network.

New for this tenth edition is Lucca Biennale Off, a parallel section to the indoor and outdoor exhibitions that brings the paper art of thirty international artists to as many places including restaurants, stores, workshops, and professional studios.

As happened for the first time in 2018, Lucca Biennale has a guest country again this year: Japan, one of the nations that has contributed the most to the development of paper as an expressive and artistic medium, with origami and washi paper, second only to China in terms of the tradition of paper used in the most diverse ways.

Lucca Biennale-Cartasia has the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Tuscany Region, Province of Lucca, Order of Architects O.A.P.C. Lucca, Confindustria Toscana Nord, Assocarta. The event is organized with the contribution of the City of Lucca and has Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca and Fosber as main partners. Banca di Cambiano is a sponsor.

The indoor exhibition at the former comic book museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets: Full 12 euros, reduced 8 euros. Free admission for children up to 10 years old.

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Lucca invaded by paper sculptures for the 10th edition of Cartasia, a biennial dedicated to paper art
Lucca invaded by paper sculptures for the 10th edition of Cartasia, a biennial dedicated to paper art

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